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How To Be Hopeful Episode 14- “Making The Ordinary Extraordinary”

This episode I speak with Gemma Seltzer, writer and facilitator of “Write And Shine” – writing workshops and retreats which help people to find their writing lives and celebrate “the joyful inspirational power of the morning”

 Gemma has created some other amazing projects and speaks about some of them here, including “Speak To Strangers” and “Look Up At The Sky” . She speaks about making the “ ordinary extraordinary’ and about how she is interested in how you can “ create the conditions to really connect with people…”

We speak about the power of active, compassionate listening, as well as how Gemma finds hope right now, particularly  in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement “there isn’t just one way to contribute to social change … in this moment there is a range of ways… the hope lies in  us working out what we can do to contribute - seeing people work out the step forward gives me hope”

We speak about our shared belief in the power of small everyday actions because   “ If we do something every day the world can potentially change”

We also speak about the hope and lifeline that can be provided to people by finding space and time to be creative. Gemma says  it can help you to “trust your own voice “ and that it also helps “with empathy towards others … it is quite magical… transformative  “

To find out more about Gemma's workshops go here: https://write-and-shine.com 

you can connect with her on socials here:

twitter:@writeandshine

instagram: @writeandshine.ldn

More soon! 

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. You can pre-order the book in these places:

WATERSTONES > https://bit.ly/2VTGvgg
FIND YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP > https://www.booksellers.org.uk/bookshopsearch

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

How To Be Hopeful Episode 13 “Pushing Back With Hope”

This week I had the absolute pleasure of speaking with the artist, musician, and poet  Landry Butler from Nashville, one of the  hubs of community and creativity in the beautiful American south.

We spoke about many things including how art and creativity can help hope to grow, the importance of people singing together,  and how despite growing in America, hope is growing too

“ we have to push back with our own hope,  the belief that we like to work together and build each other up, we can do that … still have the hope that we can do something positive”

We spoke a lot about the importance of knowing the stories that have been left out or “edited so that they don’t tell the whole truth”  as Landry says, if we knew them we would be “better people because we would have an idea of where we came from and where we’re headed”  and Landry speaks about the comfort that knowing  our history can provide “some of my ancestors were enslaved and dealt with the horrors of slavery which is something I can’t even imagine, but they survived which is the reason I am here today, and that brings me a lot of hope, to know that things and sometimes do get worse but if you take it one step at a time you can survive and you can build something positive out of it” We also spoke about  the hope that has been inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, and how allies can best help outside of marching and protesting   “talk about it with other white people and to study up on racism”. We spoke about activism in which  “you need to get people’s attention and you need a plan” and what utopia might look like, when we are all free of fear.

All of this PLUS  a track from Landry’s band the Inglewood Social Club for your listening pleasure!

 You can find out more about the wonderful Sunday Assembly here:

About Black Lives Matter (U.S) here:

And about Landry here: http://landrybutler.com/

Inglewood Social Club here: https://inglewoodsocialclub.bandcamp.com/

And watch on YouTube here: - https://is.gd/G8mOLb 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

WONDER episode 4: original short stories read aloud from Revelation Ashford

WONDER Episode four

Here is the  last episode in our series of short story podcasts on the theme of WONDER in collaboration with Revelation Ashford.Recorded during lock down 2020 in Deptford. Hope you enjoy the stories

Track one: Sea of Wonder by Ranna Sillard

Story one: "The Women On The Bus" by Jo Tandy

Read by Bernadette Russell and Emma Waterford

Track two: Serenity of Midsummer by Clarke Russo

Story two: ""Heaven Sent" by Susan Handley

Read by Bernadette Russell

Track three "When Morning Came” Clarke Russo

Story three: OK, Daddy-long-legs and the Infinite Web" by Niamh Bagnell

Read by Gareth Brierley

 Track four: “Waltz With Me” by Martin Carlberg

Please follow us to hear more podcasts in the future! 

This new work has been made possible thanks to the funding partners of Revelation which are: Ashford Borough Council, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and The Godinton Trust.

 

 

How To Be Hopeful Episode 12 “Home Made Mutant Hope Machines”

How To Be Hopeful Episode 12  “Home Made Mutant Hope Machines”

Welcome to my podcast about hope. This week, in celebration of Pride Month,  I speak the amazing Ben Walters AKA Dr. Duckie. Inspired by the wonderful performance art collective Duckie, whose regular home is the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Ben has recently completed a PHD focusing on their work and projects. During his research he developed the incredible concept of “Home Made Mutant Hope Machines”  : “a form or a process which  routinely generates the idea that a better world is possible”

We had a great chat about many things including about how change and uncertainty as well as bringing chaos and discomfort can also “bring the possibly of hope for positive change”

Please listen to find out exactly how Ben defines his hope machines, about the fabulous and important work of Duckie, about the radical nature of fun, and the importance of valuing pleasure, and the link between carnivalesque and political change

 

In this episode Ben asks us to consider our own Home Made Mutant Hope Machines, by thinking about what regularly gives you hope, “it could be an object, an  event, a relationship,  a habit,  an organisation ….  if it doesn’t exist yet … what might it be?”  

 

You can submit your ideas, plus find out more about Ben’s work and Duckie here: http://www.duckie.co.uk/dr-duckie

 

You can watch the live talk Ben gave at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT0gKR--d4I

 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Be Hope Hopeful- Season 1- Episode 11- “Finding The Golden Moments”

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 11  “Finding the Golden Moments”

Welcome to my podcast about hope. This week I speak with Denis Kane, who is project manager at Penfold Community Hub in West London.  Penfold is a residential unit primarily for older people with long term health conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s. The wider community is invited in to the hub to take part in the wide range of activities that take place there, including gardening, Zumba, sewing, art, cooking, choir and theatre to name a few!

Denis talks beautifully about the tremendous value of community and how it gives him hope “I see hope all over the place, particularly in my work… working with amazing people and amazing projects. I have found tremendous hope in how resilient people have been. I slightly lose hope when I think about politics,  but I don’t when I remember projects like ours…. the simple things that can have an impact on people who are on the edge, engaging them, that gives me hope… reaching the quiet person at the back of the room who lacks confidence… this gives me hope too”

He also speaks about how all of us in the simplest of ways can engage positively with our communities and the hope to be found in small everyday actions: “It doesn’t need an emergency for us to come together as a community and take care of those who need it… contributing to your community is stopping in the street to have a chat "

Penfold Community hub is a charity and part of Notting Hill Genesis, a housing association which works to provide decent and affordable homes for lower-income households. 

You can find them here: https://www.nhg.org.uk/communities/penfold-community-hub/

You can see some beautiful images of projects Penfold created in collaboration with the Royal Albert Hall here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76734716@N08/albums/72157709571759316

And here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/76734716@N08/albums/72157709532024177

And a trailer of one of the projects here: https://www.royalalberthall.com/about-the-hall/news/2018/july/open-stages-programme-brings-together-two-communities-for-a-unique-performance-in-the-elgar-room/

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

 

 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 10 “I am an advocate of hope”

Welcome to my podcast about hope. This week is about how we find hope even when we are dying or keeping company with someone at the end of their life- if hope is possible or helpful at such a time. To speak with me about these matters I was honoured to be joined by Nikki Jones, a palliative care nurse and make up artist. We spoke specifically about the challenges and changes that have happened in her hospice during lock down, when “we are not allowed visitors in the hospice right now…. so, it feels that the soul is taken out of it … …. a patient is telling you something so profound and you put a gloved hand out… you think it’s just not good enough… but you know it is good enough because it is what we have to do, we have to be creative and find ways around it… I work with amazing people  and we support each other”

Nikki speaks about  how hope comes into her work: “I am an advocate for hope. If you walked in the doors of our hospice you would find the feeling of hope is tangible. Hope doesn’t have to be a massive thing hope, can be something tiny.” She talks about how hope exists in the moment, in the present, and that her and her colleagues look for “what we can do…  to make you hopeful for that moment… it might be just to smile again or for your relatives to see you smile again… hope is always there, and it carries a lot of people’s journeys”

We also spoke about the wonder of make-up, the power of simplicity, the importance of finding inner peace  and the beauty of a really great cup of tea.

Nikki recommended Kathryn Mannix’s talk “Dying Is Not As Bad As You Think” which can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/dying-is-not-as-bad-as-you-think/p062m0xt

if you want to find out more or support Martlets Hospice in Hove you can go here: https://www.martlets.org.uk

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

WONDER episode 3- original short stories read aloud from Revelation Ashford

We have been working remotely with the lovely team at Revelation Ashford  to create a little bit of wonder -  since we won't able to do a live show until later in the year, we're sharing a taste of what we've been up to online to keep you entertained at home.

Make yourself a cuppa or something stronger and join us in Wonderland!  We've created a series of short story podcasts to help us all get through these strange days.  Featuring the work of local writers and read aloud by the team at White Rabbit, here for your listening pleasure.

This is the third of  four podcasts in the series that will be broadcast here on the first of each month, you'll also be able to search for them on iTunes and YouTube.  We'll send you a reminder each month, and you can follow us here to ensure you don't miss any 

WONDER Episode three

1 JUNE:

Track 1: “Sea of Wonder” by Rannar Sillard

First story; "Wonder"  by Fiona O'Brien read by Bernadette Russell
 

Track 2: “A Magic Moon” by Howard Harper-Barnes

Second story: "Wonder Man" by Zac Thraves read by Gareth Brierley

Track 3: “The Moon” by Illuminaries

 

Coming up:

1 JULY:

"The Women On The Bus" by Jo Tandy
"OK, Daddy-long-legs and the Infinite Web" by Niamh Bagnell
"Heaven Sent" by Sue McGonigal

This new work has been made possible thanks to the funding partners of Revelation which are: Ashford Borough Council, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and The Godinton Trust.

join our mailing list here: http://www.thewhiterabbit.org.uk

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 9- Our Future Cities Will Be Forests Too

Welcome to my podcast about hope. This week is about hope in relation to architecture, and the future of urban environments.

I spoke with the amazing Peter Culley (Spatial Affairs Bureau), an architect/urbanist/naturalist based in UK and US. We chatted about architecture in connection to  stories, poetry, peace, calm, and beauty. We discussed the soul of buildings, and Peter’s wonderful idea of replacing the conventional “urban overlay” with a “forest overlay”- so our cities are full of trees and mud and insects. Peter shares the incredible story of the project in Memphis he was involved with, transforming an abandoned Sears building, and the importance of not tearing everything down but working with what exists, because :” It takes 100 years for a place to get its soul back if you remove everything and start again”. We talked about the effect of COVID and how the “shock of quiet, the shock of calm, the shock of birdsong” reminds us that “the world beyond humans is absolutely fine”  and that “It takes something as serious as this situation to allow radical changes to happen”

 

Peter and his company the Spatial Affairs Bureau can be found on twitter and insta @spatialaffairs

Or via their website www.spatialaffairsbureau.com  

 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

 

 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 8- Death is not the enemy of hope

Welcome to my podcast about hope! This week is about life, death and everything in between. Whilst writing my book, I thought and spoke with people a lot about we maintain hope in the face of death, and my first guests to discuss this massive subject are the brilliant Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls, creators of The Death Show.

Antonia and Lucy created a theatre show and a podcast to explore their own death anxiety and "to better understand our often difficult relationships with death and dying ... and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming".

We discuss how in the face of the certainty of death how hope can be possible , about how if how you have a fear the best policy might be to walk towards it , and the importance of hope which allows us "to keep trying, to keep going, to carry on" . We also talk about Sisyphus, animals, getting to know our neighbours better and the joy of small pleasures. 

This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down.

You can find out more about  their work here

http://thedeathshow.co.uk/about-us/ 

They are also on twitter @The_Death_Show, insta @the_death_show and facebook @thedeathshowbham

and more about Death Cafes here:https://deathcafe.com 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/ 

How To Be Hopeful Season 1 Episode 7- Mental Health Awareness Week- Hope is Kindness

Welcome to my podcast about hope!

This week I speak with Ben Hogbin, a facilitator for the Wellness Recovery Action Programme about his work. We chat about hope and kindness and where we can find and maintain hope in difficult times.

This whole first series was recorded in Deptford, SE London, during the lock down.

You can find out more about  Ben's work here: 

 https://www.discoverwellness.co.uk 

he's also on twitter @Discover_Well, insta @discover_wellness_ and facebook @discover_wellness_

 

and more about mental health awareness week here:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week 

and more about WRAP here: https://mentalhealthrecovery.com/wrap-is/ 

More soon!

Love Bernadette

My book "How To Be Hopeful" published by Elliot and Thompson is due out September 2020. This podcast series is a chance for me to chat again to some of the people who I interviewed for the book, as well as some people who I didn't have the chance to. I hope you enjoy it. 

You can find me here www.bernadetterussell.com

twitter @betterussell insta @bernadetterussell 

facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernadetterussellwrites/